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There should be plenty more big days ahead for the speedy Sands Of Mali.
Winner of the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes as a two-year-old, he has subsequently shown himself to be one of the fastest three-year-olds in Europe.
He won the won Prix Sigy at Chantilly in April on his return and then followed up in a hot renewal of the andy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
Sent off at 15/2, he then finished a fibe half-length second of 22 to Eqtidaar in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, when he was possibly not helped by racing in the smaller stand-side group: stays 6f: acts on any turf going: usually races close up.
Paul Hanagan, his jockey, sais his mount might have preferred a slower surface.
“The ground might just have been a shade too quick for my lad, maybe he was just feeling it and not letting himself down completely, but to finish second, beaten just half a length in a Group 1, he’s run a great race,” he said.
Perhaps the fast going was not ideal, either, when he failed to shine in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket last time. He was also below-par last time when well held in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
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